Stainless Steel machining is just one segment of the steel manufacturing spectrum, but its attractive characteristics make it a popular choice in a variety of precision machining applications. Stainless steel offers corrosion and heat resistance, strength, durability, low maintenance and aesthetic appeal.
However, machining stainless steel is quite challenging, with the three main problems being chip control, work hardening and insert life. The addition of sulfur (AISI 303, 304 and 316) can improve screw machine workability, but may compromise corrosion resistance and interfere with welding. It is therefore important to choose an experienced and reliable partner who has expert tooling capabilities and a deep knowledge of the characteristics of the various types of stainless steels and their suitable applications.